Review: Xenocide

As you might have heard recently, I have a new favorite book: Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card.  It read it this summer, and before I was even done with it, my husband – bless his soul – took it upon himself to find me the rest of the Ender Saga at his store.  I love him.

I just finished reading Xenocide, and… hmmmmmmmm.  It was amazing.

Xenocide takes place about 30 years after Speaker, and it is an absolutely wonderful sequel.  I loved getting better acquainted with characters that we were introduced to in Speaker for the Dead.  I loved some of the big questions that Card asked:

  • Where did we come from?
  • How are we connected?
  • Is there more connecting us than meets the eye?
  • What does it mean to be alive?  Sentient?
  • Is there something biological about faith?
  • Who decides if a trait is desirable or indesirable?

and more.  Many of these questions were touched on in Speaker, but Card approached them from a new and fresh angle.

You’ve read Ender’s Game and Speaker for the Dead, I doubt you’ll be disappointed in Xenocide.  I definitely wasn’t.  And I’m excited to move on to Children of the Mind soon!

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